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The California Legacy Project - Spotlight on Conservation Regional Workshops
 Spotlight on Conservation Regional Workshops

The California Legacy Project has just completed a series of nine bioregional workshops that were held over the past 15 months. Input from participants at these workshops will help shape the kinds of statewide mapping and decision support tools that the Legacy Project is developing. This information will be available on the web for use by state departments that invest in conservation and for people all over the state. Participants were asked to guide us to the important conservation values and other issues within their regions. The Legacy Project embarked on an effort to inventory existing and emerging conservation plans throughout the state, and it asked participants if there were any key plans or projects that we had not yet identified. The Legacy Project intends to complement these efforts and plans to build upon existing local plans.

Roughly 70 people attended each workshop. Targeted invitations were sent to representatives from a wide spectrum of viewpoints, including public agencies, environmental groups, business and agricultural interests, academics and city planners, to name a few. These workshops were not designed to reach a consensus. Instead, we wanted to hear a full range of opinions and ideas, get the best information on what was or was not working, and find out how participants see the s invests of conservation dollars for their regions.

In the coming months, complete reports from each workshop will be available here on the Legacy website. We are currently in the process of transcribing, editing and producing reports for the meetings that took place this year. You can also see reports for the first four workshops

Workshop Schedule


  • May 22 & 23 Central Coast - San Luis Obispo
  • July 24 & 25 South Coast - San Diego
  • September 4 & 5 South Coast - Los Angeles
  • October 16 & 17 Bay Area - Oakland


  • January 16 & 17 Colorado-Mojave Desert - Victorville
  • March 12 & 13 San Joaquin Valley - Fresno
  • April 8 & 9 Sacramento Valley - Chico
  • May 7 & 8 North Coast & Klamath - Eureka
  • June 11 & 12 Sierra Nevada - Auburn
  • July 16 Wrap up.Sacramento

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